Theater and Drama Expansion at First!
We are delighted to be partners with the Showdown Stage Company! Cindy, Flip and Dennis directed our spring musical Friday May 18th 2012. (“Radio Uh-Oh” was written by Cindy and the songs written and produced by Dennis!) They founded the Showdown Stage Company: http://www.showdownstageco.com
Current producer/director and former Disney film screenwriter Cindy Marcus, working with her husband Flip and theater partner Dennis, offer all of their experience to young actors seeking a career or just wanting to land a role in the school play. Cindy has directed a national teenage drama camp known as Showdown for over ten years, inspiring young actors to reach their full potential.
NOT INTO FAME? Far beyond stage and screen there are vital gifts for every student involved! Most important to Cindy is self-exploration: knowing who you are. In fact here are but a few reasons theater and drama are vital to students no matter their future choices.
The arts can change young lives
and our communities for the better…
Students involved in the arts do better on their SATs than those who are not involved.
(The Boston Globe; “Art for Our Sake;” E. Winner and L. Hetland; September 2007)
After school arts programs give at-risk youth an alternative to delinquent behavior.
YouthARTS Development Project, U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, 1996
Young artists, as compared with their peers, are more likely to: be recognized for academic achievement, be elected to class office, win an award for school attendance,win an award for writing an essay or poem, read for pleasure and perform community service.
“Living the Arts through Language and Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations;” Shirley Brice Heath; Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; November 1998
Arts education improves motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork.
Edutopia; “Why Arts Education is Crucial, and Who’s Doing it Best;” Fran Smith; January 2009
Arts programs teach a remarkable array of mental habits not emphasized elsewhere in school. Such skills
include visual-spatial abilities, reflection, self-criticism, and the willingness to experimentand learn from mistakes.
The Boston Globe; “Art for Our Sake;” E. Winner and L. Hetland; September 2007
When asked by parents which classes will increase their children’s chances of admission to college, David J. Skorton, Cornell University president, states, “I put in a plea for taking time to explore the humanities and arts in all their varied dimensions…far from being mere adornments to educational development, easy to dismiss as nonessential in tight economic times, these disciplines nurture our creative instincts.
Edutopia; “The Arts Are Essential;” David J. Skorton; January 2009
From Principal Julie Sanchez and Pastor Ken:
Every Student comes to us loaded with God-given gifts and developing lives. The addition of Cindy, Flip and Dennis to our total work means we now can develop the skills and confidence that can make a big difference in any student’s life. Their work in Hollywood is very impressive, but, for us even better is experiencing their play writing, song writing, book writing, encouragement to each student, directing and wonderful creativity in guiding each student’s developing abilities!